GHDR Boot Day 9/12: Trying on Big Quotes

Posted Sunday, February 11, 2024 by Sri. Tagged GHDR

Sunday, February 11, 2024.

I'm feeling a bit burned out on this work defining The Colony, so I'm going to do another very simple pass of the existing text rather than rewrite it. This time, I'm going to bold the important words I see.

Download the PDF here:

word cloud of ideas with bolded words

There were a few statements that seemed like foundational principles, so I highlighted the entire line and gave them a color. I don't know what it means yet, but let me copyedit them here to see what kind of impression they make in isolation.

[this is] A place for people with intense interests and the intense desire to have their work seen, used, applied.

- Colony Appeal

[this is] A place with pride in fostering creative independence, supportive culture, eclectic learning and skills, and appreciation for the enormous variety of creativity that exists.

- Colony Appeal

We recognizes the power of connection, understanding, support, and empathy as the basis for powerful creative community.

- Standards of Action

We recognize markets exist and the need for profit exists to survive.

- Scope of Colony Organizers

Team seeks to understand and document, then showcase the work.

- Scope of Colony Organizers

Your values are your own, and it's ok that they are different than others.

- Standards of Expression

Your work speaks for itself, not your social value.

- Standards of Expression

I feel that these quotes are kind of "meh"...I am not moved by them. Perhaps tomorrow I'll think of something more appealing.


This year's single goal is Building The Colony!

Made a simple "functional area" diagram using Whimsical to help gather my thoughts.

I converted the Whimsical doc from yesterday to Affinity Designer.

Created new subsite at /the-colony/

Wrote stream-of-consciousness "vision statement" for later cleanup

Convert stream-of-consciousness into a "phrase cloud" for further deconstruction

Artifacts of The Colony: Pebbles, Seeds, and Rings

Created a "refined phrase cloud" grouped into five categories, based on boot 05's work.

Extracted "foundational" statements from yesterday, but they didn't leave a strong impression. Punt "why" to tomorrow's post.

Created a "Selfishly Sri" printable assessment to gauge outside interest.

Reducing scope from Colony to Outpost.

Desired results are distilled down to two main ideas, which will cover the next couple of months.

A slow start to the year, as I focused on paying work for most of the month. Set four directives to achieve this mont

The set of analysis notes that I authored with ChatGPT4 to refine my understanding of "prosocial motivation"

New goal is to start connecting with future chatty collaborators, as my brain runs on "prosocial motivation" and meaningful human connections.

Delving further into my "predominantly prosocially-motivated" profile, and how to turn this into action given the dilemma of "needing the energy from a group to start a task" being at odds with "needing to start a group so I have energy".

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